Sunday, 24 July 2016

In 2011, 'What's the Buzz? A social skills enrichment programme for primary students', was released and quickly found its way into dozens of countries and hundreds of schools and organisations. What’s the Buzz? for Early Learners: A complete social skills foundation course' is new (2015), and follows the same celebrated play-based and role-play format as its predecessor. It's built for teachers, school support workers, parents, care givers, and a range of allied health professionals to awaken social consciousness in youngsters. I am so proud to have been part of this wonderful project. The bright illustrations, fun and relatable characters and welcoming design were a pleasure to create. To find out more about these wonderful programmes and also 'Archie's BIG BOOK (a wonderful companion storybook, fully illustrated) please visit www.whatsthebuzz.net

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Twisted Tales - Treasure Island, Wizard of Oz, Cinderella, and a Clown




Educational Posters - alphabet & multiplication tables



Available now! These fun and bright posters are great for the classroom, bedroom or playroom. Make learning fun and interactive.

Sunday, 12 April 2009

Twisted Tales - The Little Mermaid and Snow White




Here are the next two fairy tale illustrations in my 'Twisted' series. I decided to show Snow white as a "Yeah, I know I'm good!" kinda gal, and the Little Mermaid who decided there was more than one way to be like a human. I hope you like them!!

Sunday, 1 March 2009

Twisted Tales - Alice in Wonderland & Little Red Riding Hood




These are the first two images for my new ‘Twisted Tales’ series of illustrations. Pictured, of course is Alice in Wonderland and Little Red. I wanted to give a new edge to some classic fairy tale characters, rather than show them as they have been shown again and again and again. I will be doing some more characters soon – watch this space!

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

maths Aliens for kids






Here is a selection of the 12 alien characters I created for a young children's teachers aid. They each have a set of multiplication tables on their bellies and will be used as posters and such in the UK. They were so much fun to create! I think young kids should love them :)

Thursday, 13 November 2008

A Celtic/Oriental feel


I created this character today. She started as an old sketch I did years ago (while I was still at school, I think). I thought that she was worth re-visiting. For such a quick image I thik I'm really happy with her. Her costume and setting is kind of a clash between oriental and celtic, but I think it works OK. She has kind of a Briar Rose look about her.

Geisha


Here is an image I created in Adobe Illustrator a few months ago. I'm still not completely happy with it, but like so many of my images, it will probably just be left as is (at least for the time being). I may come back to her and add some more detail and colour. I think she is too bland for a geisha - she needs more colour!!

Friday, 7 November 2008

Back to Basics...


It has been a long while between posts I know! I thought I would start off again by refreshing my basic skills. Here is a really quick pencil portrait from my sketchbook. I thought I would copy one of my favourite old portraits. The original just intregued me - and I had to copy it! Well, they do say; if you're going to copy - copy from the best! Hope you like it :)

Monday, 30 June 2008

Dancer girls




I have been illustrating some dancer characters. Each character has a different dance style, everything from ballet - to street and hip hop. This is such a fun project, I love costumes, and I think dancing showcases some of the best!

Some developments on my comic characters






I must admit that this project has been placed on the back-bench for quite some time!!
But, here are just a couple more images that I have done. I figure if I post them here, it may remind me to get back into the project! Hopefully it works :)

Squirrel and possum



I did the top illustration late last year, for my uncle and auntie in England. They have the most beautiful back garden. As we don't get squirrels in Australia, one of my favourite things while I was staying in England was to watch the squirrels go about their business.
Underneath is a cartoon I did of an Australian ring-tail possum. Also, extreemly cute creatures. This possum was done as a concept for a children's book I'm currently illustrating. While this particular illustration won't be used, I thought it was quite cute.

Friday, 23 May 2008

Handbag Butler


Click image for a bigger and better view :)
Here is an illustration I have recently completed for a new product called 'Handbag-Butler'. The product is one of those jewelled hooks that you can hand off a table when you are out. You hang your handbag off these hooks, which makes them easily accesible and of course keeps them off the dirty floor! This is a little image I created to illustrate how the product works.

Friday, 16 May 2008

Gold Fish in watercolour


First of all, let me just say "WOW - time passes so quickly!!" I cannot believe it is May already, that means I have not posted on this blog in 5 months! I have been doing so much more illustration work - but this seems to be all that I have on this computer at the moment. This is a watercolour and Ink painting I did perhaps two or three months ago. I quite like the design, and it was good to paint something by hand again! Although I am a little out of practise now!

Monday, 10 December 2007

Comic Book heroes


Here is my progress so far with my comic book. I'm having so much fun illustrating the characters, but they are still a working progress. Any advice on how to improve them is most welsome! From the left is Constantine, Arrabella, Talliesin, Lillyana, Zamboosha and kneeling is Charis. Hope you like them! Click on the image to get a much better and bigger view :)

Friday, 16 November 2007

Illustration Friday - scale


This is Anubis - Egyptian protector of the underworld. After they died, an Egyptian's heart would be weighed on a 'scale' by Anubis, against the "feather of Ma'at" (the feather of truth/justice), and then judged by Osiris (the god of life and death). A pure heart would be equal in weight to that of the feather of Ma'at, and the person would be able to live for the rest of eternity in peace. If the person's heart was heavy with burdon, however, it would weigh more than the feather of Ma'at, and the Egyptian with the heavy heart would be fed to Osiris' vicious baboon, Babi or fed to Ammit, the "bone devourer". In the event that a heart was lighter than the feather of Ma'at, that Egyptian would be sent to an area of Duat called "Aaru", a realm ruled by Osiris where Egyptians could exist in pleasure for all eternity.
I find Egyptian mythology very interesting, and decided that this would be a perfect interperatation for this weeks theme 'scale'.

Arrabella - comic book character



I am developing a comic-type book that I will write and illustrate myself, and I decided to share my first character with you. Her name is Arrabella (I have always loved those pretty names!).
As I am a devoted recycler, I have used the same facial features as is on Mhina (one of my earlier posts). In fact the bottom drawing has almost the exact same face! I'm not lazy - I just really liked the character, so I re-created her image to fit my story. (And maybe I am a little lazy). Anyway - I hope you like her so far - I may share some of the other characters once I am happy with them. Enjoy - comments or suggested improvemets are welcome!

Monday, 12 November 2007

Painting


A while back there was a charity sale where a number of artists created un-signed pieces of work, all on the same sized canvas. My boss actually suggested that I do a painting for it, and this is what I came up with. It was atually my first completed painting done in acrylics, so I was quite happy with it. I was even more pleased when my painting sold in a reasonably short period of time! I hope you enjoy it - any comments are welcome!

Monday, 22 October 2007

More colaborative pieces



Here are a couple of the other pieces my friend and I did - enjoy!!

Monday, 1 October 2007

Colaboration pieces.




With some help of a friend of mine, we have come up with some images. These are known as RetroSwor images. See Sworlord's link for more of her fantastic work! Basically, how these images work is that Swor hand-sketched the people and I added the colour digitally in Illustrator. We each have very different styles, and I think they work really well together - we are both extreemly happy with the outcome.

Tuesday, 4 September 2007

I'm gonna make you an offer you can't refuse...


SOLD!! (Click for a clearer view)
Here is Marlon Brando as the Godfather. I have never seen the film before but, after a request to draw this portrait I have developed a new interest. Hmmm, this may have to be a must for weekend viewing. In any case - I hope I captured his character ok - I think the client was very pleased! This scan came out a little dark - but I think this may add to the effect? Comments are welcome!

Wednesday, 29 August 2007

One Funky Munky!


Click for a larger, clearer view.
This is another quick digital image i drew a little while ago. I wanted to make her look as funky and retro as possible, with a mix of 50's and 60's flavour and fashion. I am thinking of sending her and a few other samples to a greeting card publisher. I would love to illustrate a series of cards - so we'll se how we go!!

Monday, 27 August 2007

Portrait - Marilyn Monroe


This is a portrait I have just finished, it only took about and hour and a half, which I was happy with. I think that she has turned out quite well, maybe I like it better than my first portrait of Marilyn (which is in an earlier post) I hope that you think so too!

Wednesday, 22 August 2007

I know, I know. You've seen him before...


First of all - I am SO SORRY I have been away for so long!
But, here is another image of Ziggy Stardust. Man, I'm sad! I promise it will be last of him for a while. But, I saw this photo of him, and I had to copy it! I've left his costume in balck and white, and just aded flat colour to his skin, hair and eyes. I think it looks quite good as is.
Stay tuned though, I am working on some more portraits... I will post them soon!!

Thursday, 12 July 2007

It's a fine line between Geeky and Cool...


Click image for larger view.
Some people are so Geeky, they're cool. Or visa versa. Many of the best 'cool' people have been so alternative, so outlandish and fantastical - we didn't even realise they were a nerd. Alternatively, some were just so obviously Geeky and didn't care - and that made them cool. Either way, I like people like that - Rock on Geeks!!

That's Life! #2


Here is an illustration I did a while ago for That's Life! magazine. After thinking it had been rejected - I was pleased to find it featured in this weeks issue. It is an illustration for one of their short stories. If you want to know what the story was - you will have to buy the magazine!!! Enjoy.